Washington Smoke Map

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Note: Some users might notice intermittent discrepancies in colors shown on the map of air quality monitors above, and those reported on the Department of Ecology's official page. This is because Ecology believes their method of calculating the air quality category (i.e. “Good”, “Moderate”, Unhealthy” etc) is more protective of public health in Washington. If in doubt as to which better represents public health risk, use the more stringent of the two (i.e. the map showing worse air quality).


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Where was the smoke headed early this afternoon?


Early this afternoon winds shifted and are now from the northeast helping move smoke away from the Columbia River Basin but into other communities downwind and southwest of the fires.  This weather pattern is expected to change to southeast winds by tonight and through Sunday.

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  2. Weather forecasters indicate that by Monday afternoon the winds will shift back to a northwesterly direction, which will give you and yours some relief from the smoke. In the meantime take whatever actions you can to avoid exposure to the smoke. That may include running your air conditioner (if you have one) on recirculation along with closing all your windows during the heavy smoke periods or going to an area with either filtered air or better air quality.

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  3. Does that also hold true with Sultan Wa?
    (Air not clearing until Monday) we have heavy smoke & ash, earlier today it looked like it was snowing..the ash fall was so heavy. We have a viable layer of ash cover on cars,ground etc. Thank you for your help.

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  4. Hi Kate, sorry to hear your ash woes. Winds start to pick up a bit Sunday afternoon but it will be Monday before western WA gets enough air movement to clear the smoke.

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  5. Camped up in the Nile for the weekend. By Saturday morning there was so much smoke you could smell it and I was worried there was a fire going near us. This morning there was ash falling out of the air. To everyone fighting fires-stay safe. Too all who have lost homes, property, livestock, animals...my thoughts are with you.

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  6. In Richland WA with raw throat, nose, eyes and a cough. Could barely make out Badger Mountain this morning. It's been hard to find info on air quality for our area of the state. Being a lowland area, we have become a sinkhole for the smoke from the northern fires. Yesterday I could actually smell the timber burning. Any news on air quality for our area ?

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    1. Hi Gayle, the map above displays data from fine particle, coarse particle and ozone monitors in Kennewick (color is determined by the highest pollutant). This is the nearest air monitor to Richland and has been varying between Moderate and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups today. The next nearest monitor is a fine particle monitor in Walla Walla, which has been changing between Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups and Unhealthy today.
      Please take necessary health precautions (avoid outdoor exposure where possible, house and car A/C set to recirculate, HEPA filters, N95 or N100 masks + whatever your Doctor recommends) and hang in there!

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